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Dec 6, 2013 7:00am PST
's right, george. that photo is of a chance encounter that senator barack obama had in a washington hotel room with nelson mandela back in 2005. a copy of it was also in mandela's office in south africa. that is somebody who the president saw, not just as a hero, as a great leader. but also as the person who awakened him to the outside world. in a sense, listening to the president, you get the sense that there would not be a president obama if it were not for nelson mandela. the very first public speech that barack obama ever gave was as a young college student in 1979, for mandela's cause, speaking out against apartheid in south africa. now, president obama hoped to meet one last time with nelson mandela in june when he traveled to south africa. i was on that trip. mandela was in no condition to meet with the president. but he did visit robben island. and there, you see him in the tiny cell that nelson mandela spent 17 years of his years in imprisonment. i can tell you, george, that was quite a trip to africa for the first african-american president. but without question, the emotional h
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